The last few weeks have been rough, they felt like the equivalent of running a gauntlet only to only to emerge bruised and not victorious. I’m an anyilizer so I look to see if any of the outcomes could have been different. I’m also someone who really owns up when he drops the ball. A few days ago I reflected on the time in an analogy entitled Curve Balls . That post has kept my mind wondering in more ways than most of these posts. Why? I’m not sure yet, but I think being vulnerable has something to do with it.

In The Hidden Power of Kindness, Lawrence G. Lovasik wrote, “Any fool can try to defend his mistakes–and most fools do–but it gives one a feeling of nobility to admit one’s mistakes. By fighting, you never get enough, but by yielding, you get more than you expected.”

Vulnerability is not typically included on a list of characteristics for success. Yet, I believe it’s important to become vulnerable to develop trust, it’s an important ingredient in team building and in life. Everyday we are dealing with so many different issues, people, and each other, it is critical that we acknowledge our faults. While that admission may cause us to feel vulnerable, it’s important to understand they already know we aren’t perfect. If we don’t acknowledge it, they’re likely to wonder what else we’re not being honest about. Besides, it’s just the right thing to do.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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